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Margaret

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Salut! Hello! Ciao! I have just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I earned a Master’s in French language and literature. I also taught introductory and intermediate French classes for two years at the university. Because University of Wisconsin, Madison places a heavy focus on second language acquisition research as well as pedagogy, I have been formally trained to teach for the modern student who requires classes that are tailored to their own interests and needs. I feel that my experience allows me to understand firsthand what instructors are looking for and what students need. I have experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages Italian, French, and English . My love of learning about other cultures and my time abroad (two and a half years in France, one year in Italy) has made me well versed in current Francophone and Italian culture and language.

I look forward to meeting you!

Margaret’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, French and Italian

Graduate Degree: University of Wisconsin, Madison - Masters, French language and literature

Hobbies

Theater, reading, hanging out with friends, tennis, swimming

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational French

Conversational Italian

English

ESL/ELL

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

High School English

Italian

Languages


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is about listening to your student, understanding their needs, and inspiring them to reach their full potential.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to see their goals for the classes, what their learning style is, and what interests them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think one of the most important things is to explain "why" rather than "what." I like to teach learning strategies.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think a lot of times students lose motivation when they feel overwhelmed or frustrated. I think helping students create manageable goals and expectations will help them stay motivated.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Try different teaching methods: What kind of learner are they? Do they do better with hands-on activities? Do they need to work better with diagrams? I am happy to try whatever works.